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Indonesian man walks BACKWARDS for 500 miles to meet the president

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An Indonesian man is hoping to raise awareness about the environment by walking backwards for 500 miles (800km) to meet the president. 

Medi Bastoni, 43, is making the arduous journey from his village in East Java to the capital Jakarta to try and get the president Joko Widodo to plant a tree seed in the forest by Mount Wills. 

Mr Bastoni believes that this symbolic gesture will promote awareness about protection for Indonesia‘s rainforests. 

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In another symbolic move, the 43-year-old is planning to time his arrival at the presidential palace in Jakarta on August 17 – Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day.

Mr Bastoni wants the president Joko Widodo (pictured) to plant a tree seed in the forest by Mount Wills

Mr Bastoni wants the president Joko Widodo (pictured) to plant a tree seed in the forest by Mount Wills

The intrepid traveller plans to wear a make-shift piece of apparatus containing a rear-view mirror that allows him to see forward as walks roughly 18 miles (30km) a day.

Amusing photos show Mr Bastoni walking in action wearing than a rucksack and a frame of steel pipes to hold his mirror in place.

He told Indonesian media that walking backwards was a way of ‘looking back’ on Indonesia’s own history and reflecting on the soldiers who fought for the country’s independence.

With little more than a eighteen pound ruck sack, the walker said that he will rely on the kindness of strangers as he makes his journey west.

Mr Bastoni said to Oddity Central: ‘On long journeys I take my rest at mosques, police stations, and neighborhood security posts’.

The intrepid traveller plans to walk roughly 18 miles (30km) a day while wearing a make-shift piece of apparatus containing a rear-view mirror that allows him to see forward
Mr Bastoni with a rucksack and a frame of steel pipes to hold his rearview mirror in place

Night and day: The intrepid traveller plans to walk roughly 18 miles (30km) a day while wearing a make-shift piece of apparatus containing a rear-view mirror that allows him to see forward

He vowed to also take on the return leg backwards if it meant that he could meet the Indonesian leader.

Indonesia is home to to some of the most diverse forests in the world and ranks third in number of species after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

84% of the country is covered by forestry, but illegal logging and deforestation has threatened its survival.

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